Fernando Torres hailed the Tahiti team spirit after his side thrashed them to a 10-0 defeat in the Confederations Cup in Brazil on Thursday. The Chelsea striker, who scored four goals in the game, admitted being impressed by sportsmanship and determination Tahiti showed.
Spain showed no mercy to the Tahitian side as David Villa scored hat-trick, David Silva netted a brace and Juan Mata came up with a goal of his own. In spite of being behind by a huge margin, Tahiti fought with Spain till the final whistle of the game.
The victory has taken Spain on top of Group B and made them one of the hot-favorites for the trophy, yet Torres believes it will take more than just a victory and a top place in the Group to ensure Spain with the contest.
“What we take from this game is the example the Tahiti team, who played with 100 per cent passion and fair play until the end,” Torres said. “They try to play properly, they try to enjoy themselves. They don't try to stop the game or kick players - they enjoy their football and that is the big thing we take from the game today.
“We were taking pictures with their players after the game. They are happy people and I really enjoyed seeing them smiling and enjoying themselves until the last minute.”
Meanwhile, the Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta announced he was proud of the performance and sportsmanship his men had recorded against Spain. Etaeta claims the Tahiti team “won over the hearts” of their fans by fighting till last moment of the game.
“It's quite difficult when you get thrashed 10-0 but my players tried to really play football. They did their utmost to perform as well as possible - but at some point you've got to defend your goal better,” Etaeta said.
“We had overwhelming support from all the public in the Maracana. It's very very important to us. We wanted to reach the hearts of the Brazilian public and I think we've done that.
“We lost the match 10-0 but we won over hearts in Brazil. I want to say a big, big thank you to the Brazilian public.”